Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis

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photo of Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis382 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-6508
On Leave Fall 2021


English; Global and Intercultural Studies (Black World Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)


PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Dayton
BA, Jackson State University


Dr. Etter-Lewis has teaching expertise in linguistics, black feminism(s), African literature, and service learning. She has taught the following courses: Structure of the English Language, History of the English Language, Introduction to Linguistics, African Literature, Introduction to Women's Studies, Black Feminist Theory, Feminism in the Diaspora, and Engaged Learning Practicum. Spring 2015 semester she developed an online course, ENG 302 - Structure of Modern English. She is currently developing a hybrid course, ENG 301 - History of the English Language.


Professor Etter-Lewis' research interests include women of color in the U.S. and the African diaspora, oral narratives, language and gender, and service learning.

Dr. Etter-Lewis is author of My Soul Is My Own: Oral Narratives of African American Women in the Professions (Routledge, 1993) and she is co-editor of two additional edited collections: Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Bahá'is in North America (with Richard Thomas) (Bahá'i Publishing Trust, 2006) and Unrelated Kin: Race and Gender in Women's Personal Narratives (with Michele Foster) (Routledge, 1996).

Professor Etter-Lewis has also published articles and book chapters on feminism, gender, race, and pedagogy, including the following: "Teaching to Digress: Pedagogy, Feminism and the Search for Voice," book chapter co-authored with MU graduate student Roselyn Banda and MU undergraduate Sarah Kinley, and published in Supporting Multiculturalism and Gender Diversity in University Settings, edited by Molly Zhou (IGI Global, May 2015); "Dark Bodies/White Masks: African Masculinities and Visual Culture in Graceland, The Joys of Motherhood, and Things Fall Apart," published in Masculinities in African Literary and Cultural Texts, edited by Helen Mugambi and Tuzyline Allan (Abeya Clark Publishing, 2010); "'Raising Hell': The Body as Text in Selected Letters of Bessie Head," published in The Life and Work of Bessie Head: A Celebration of the Seventieth Anniversary of Her Birth, edited by Mary Lederer, Seatholo Tumedi, Leloba Molema, and M. J. Daymond (Gaborone: Pentagon Publishers, 2008); "Filled with Voice/Emptied of Self: Reading and Teaching African Feminist Consciousness in Lauretta Ngcobo's And They Didn't Die," published in the Journal of the African Literature Association 1.1 (Winter/Spring, 2007): 105-126.

Recently Dr. Etter-Lewis received two grants: 1) MU Innovation and Interdisciplinary Fund grant for "Dream Keepers: A Grow-Your-Own Initiative" (college readiness), with Denise Taliaferro Baszile and Anthony James, co-PIs ($150,000); and 2) Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project, "Life History Perspectives of Long-Term Care by Minority Group Members in Ohio" with Kate de Medeiros, co-PI ($26, 425). In 2015, Project REACH (the college readiness program organized and directed by Professor Etter-Lewis) was nominated for the Cincinnati Collaboration of the Year Award.

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